Characteristics

This is a great alternative to processed and fast food pizzas for those transitioning to healthier food options. It incorporates the goodness of raw, vegan feta cheese and is rich in delicious flavors and textures. It provides healthy carbohydrates, fats and protein, as well as vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants. Being 100% plant-based it is rich in fiber and free of cholesterol, and is a pizza you can feel good about eating!

PREP TIME: < 15 mins (+ time to make your crust, vegan pesto and vegan Feta)
SERVINGS: 1 pita pizza/person, make according to personal needs

  • 100% Plant-based (vegan)
  • Wheat-free or Gluten-free (depending on crust choice)
  • Soy-free
  • Corn-free
  • Peanut-free
  • Nut-free
  • Refined Sugar-free

Goodies Needed

INGREDIENTS:

TOOLS:

  • Toaster Oven or Regular Oven
  • Pizza Cutter (optional)
  • Salad Spinner (optional)

Preparation Steps

  • Have your crust, vegan pesto and vegan Feta beforehand.
  • Pre-heat toaster oven or oven to 350F.
  • Spread a layer of pesto over each pita bread.
  • Wash and dry off the spinach using a salad spinner (unless pre-washed). Layer the spinach leaves on the pita with the pesto, in a single layer. Order of layering helps appropriate cooking of each item.
  • Wash and thinly slice the tomatoes and layer on top of pita.
  • Wash/clean and thinly slice the mushrooms and layer on the tomatoes.
  • Slice some Kalamata olives (unless pre-sliced) and spread all over the pita.
  • Sprinkle some crumbled vegan Feta cheese on top.
  • Place the pita pizzas into your oven and cook for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Once done, remove from oven, slice into quarters and enjoy.

Meal Nutritional Benefits

Whole Grains:

  • provide a rich complex carbohydrate component to any meal
  • offer a variety of vitamins, minerals and fiber
  • protect and enhance overall health
  • read a detailed overview of the benefits of whole grains from the Whole Grains Council

Basil (Pesto):

  • acts as a great substitute for the traditional tomato sauce and adds a unique and exciting flavor to the pizza
  • good source of (in descending order): vitamin K, iron, calcium, vitamin A, fiber, manganese, magnesium, vitamin C and potassium
  • offers DNA protection, antibacterial properties, linked to anti-inflammatory properties and helps promote cardiovascular health
  • for more information, visit the basil detailed overview from World’s Healthiest Foods

Spinach:

  • good source of (in descending order): vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, vitamin C, vitamin B2, calcium, potassium, vitamin B6, tryptophan, fiber, copper, vitamin B1, phosphorus, zinc, vitamin E, omega-3, vitamin B3 and selenium
  • protects against osteoporosis, heart disease, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, colon cancer, arthritis, and other diseases
  • enhances eye sight, immune system and mental function
  • for more information, visit the spinach detailed overview from World’s Healthiest Foods

Tomatoes

  • provide vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants
  • especially rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin K
  • especially rich in molybdenum, potassium, copper, and manganese
  • support optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
  • help maintain healthy blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels
  • help protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and other lifestyle diseases
  • for more information, visit the tomatoes detailed overview from World’s Healthiest Foods

Crimini Mushrooms:

  • Great source of phytonutrients and anti-cancer properties
  • good source of (in descending order): selenium, vitamin B2, copper, vitamin B3, tryptophan, vitamin B5, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, protein, folate, fiber, magnesium, iron and calcium
  • reduce risk of various cancers including breast and colon, can help reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and increase the functioning of the immune system and offer protection against Alzheimer’s
  • for more information, visit the crimini mushrooms detailed overview from World’s Healthiest Foods

Olives:

  • great source of monounsaturated fats
  • good source of (in descending order): iron, vitamin E, fiber and copper
  • have anti-inflammatory compounds, have antioxidant properties for fighting cancers and offer protection from heart disease
  • for more information, visit the olives detailed overview from World’s Healthiest Foods